Zenith Multi Academy Trust

Chair of the Trust and crew
win Great River Race

Our Chair of the Trust Stewart Taylor (second from left) along with Jeff Nike, Anthony Peck and Graham Biner of the Lower Thames Rowing Club decided last year to try to take part in The Great River Race – a 21 mile race from Poplar to Ham House Richmond. There were 314 boats from around the world competing this year.

Stewart said:

“We bought a Salter Skiff of eBay in April for £140.00 it was in a dilapidated state and we spent the rest of this year mending it and getting it ready for the race.

The race is run on Handicap so the slowest boat starts first, the fastest boat had a handicap of 67 minutes this was a £35,000 pound boat with 12 people rowing. Our boat had a handicap of 13 minutes we were the 8th boat to start.

We finished the race in 2.55.14 we were first over the line, 2nd place was 20 seconds behind us. The 5 classes we won were 1st Thames Skiff, 1st Thames Based Boat, 1st Four Oared Boat, 1st over 40 Veterans, Overall Winner of the Great Race making us the UK Traditional Boat Champions.

We are over the moon to win, we have trained all year for this race and to do so well and bring the Trophies and Title back to Leigh on Sea is a great thing”

The James Hornsby School wins
The British Council International
School Award

The James Hornsby School has been awarded the British Council’s prestigious International School Award in recognition of its work to bring the world into the classroom. The International School Award celebrates the achievements of schools that do exceptional work in international education. Sir Ciarán Devane, CEO of the British Council, said:  ‘The school’s fantastic international work has rightfully earned it this prestigious award. The International School Award is a great chance for schools to demonstrate the important work they’re doing to bring the world into their classrooms.

The award, which celebrates its 20th Anniversary this year, is now available worldwide in countries such as India, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Lebanon, Nigeria, and Pakistan. Over 6000 International School Awards have been presented to successful schools in the UK since the scheme began in 1999.

Congratulations to Laindon Park

Laindon Park Primary School and Nursery is happy to announce that the recently released national figures show the SAT results for the school were 22% above the national average.

Mrs Portoles, Headteacher at the school, said

‘Whilst we thought that last year’s results were outstanding, putting the school 17% above the national data, this year our pupils have not only maintained those exceptional results but exceeded them.  Our results this year for combined Writing, Reading and Maths are 87% compared to a national of 65%. These superb results reflect the children’s hard work, fantastic attitudes and resilience, outstanding teaching and of course, the unfaltering support of parents throughout the children’s time at the school’.

Welcome to James Hornsby’s
New Headteacher

The staff, students and governors are very happy that Mr Daniel Steel has taken up his new appointment at The James Hornsby School as Headteacher.  Mr Steel brings a vast amount of experience having worked in outstanding senior teams in a range of different school backgrounds and contexts across London.

Mr Steel said “I am delighted and honoured to start this headship as I know that James Hornsby is a family comprised of excellent students and passionate, supportive parents. I am also looking forward to working with exceptionally dedicated members of staff as well as Zenith Multi Academy Trust. I know that the good work and practice that is already in place at James Hornsby will continue and, working with the community, I am determined to make us the number one school of choice in the area.

Dr Margaret Wilson, CEO of the Trust said “We are delighted to have appointed Mr Steel. We have total confidence that, as such an experienced professional, he will continue the successful journey of the James Hornsby School”.

Harp Appeal to Help the Homeless

Year 7 and 8 tutor groups came together again this year to support the Southend-based homeless charity with its Harvest appeal.  HARP representatives Kufa and Jason were really grateful for the donations they received from all tutor groups.  Students pictured are, from left to right, Logan, Michael and Jo of 7.08, who were there to hand over the many food trays that had been put together with long-life items to help provide hot meals for the next year.  Well done and thank you to all who contributed to the appeal!

Deputy Lieutenant of Essex

Dr Margaret Wilson, CEO of Zenith Multi Academy Trust has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant of Essex. Margaret was nominated for this appointment by the Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Jennifer Tolhurst.  The commission of this appointment has been via government ministers by command of Her Majesty the Queen.